Since I don't have any big trips booked, I'm decorating my bedroom with travel mementos. Read all about it on She In The CLE: http://www.sheinthecle.com/lifestyle/waking-up-to-a-wanderlusting-gallery-wall/
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Saturday, November 21, 2015
If you know me, you know that I love to travel. You’ll also know that since I left my job where I traveled a ton, I haven’t been on many trips for work. So, when I had the opportunity to pick a conference to attend, I made sure to CRUSH IT.
I found a great marketing conference in a great location (
Miami Beach) when it’s typically cold in the CLE, at an
amazing, newly renovated hotel (Fontainebleau).
And I even got accepted as a speaker, which erased all guilt of enjoying the beach
when I could. Even better, two former colleagues and friends traveled with
Some trips are packed to the gills, but when I can afford the time, here are my tips for taking any biz trip to the max.
Plan your meals
A former colleague who also attended the conference made us dinner plans for our first night in
Beach before she even booked her flight. While I
wouldn’t recommend putting plans in place in that exact order, it was great to
have reservations. We ate our weight in sushi at Nobu (which just
relocated next to the Fontainebleau
the day before we went) and Katsuya.
Be the best version of your healthiest self
Sometimes gorging on a fantastic meal prevents this, but these days I am all about restoring myself while traveling: eating well, sleeping well and working out. We were lucky enough to have beach workouts scheduled during a couple of mornings during the conference. Loved them!
Squeeze in a manipedi
The resort was pretty contained and had a spa with a great rate on a manipedi so I booked it, but usually I just find a walk-in nearby my hotel. I always feel a bit more put together once my nail and toes are done.
Extend your trip pre or post
Luckily, I had some extra time the first day the conference started to enjoy the beach. When time and business permits, I try to book a trip near the weekend to make it easier to stay an extra day to see the sights and fit in a meal at a spot I want to try.
My all-time favorite extension of a work trip was when I went to
London in 2008 and extended my trip to
take the new Chunnel and stay in Paris.
That trip actually inspired me to blog my
What’s been your favorite biz trip extension?
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
|Just like me, the city is home improving|
Man! A habit has obviously been forming. Charlotte is down to an annual trip vs. a few times a year. D.C. -- a place I visited annually for years -- has not seen my face since 2010 when I was secretly pregs with D. No wonder I keep randomly thinking about cherry blossoms.
This visit was a quick biz trip and I was fortunate enough to spend time near the Smithsonian and in Logan Circle, an up-and-coming historic neighborhood. Nail Saloon (trendy nail spa with the best light fixtures I've ever seen), Donovan House (renovated Kimpton hotel with a fun rooftop pool & bar) and the seasonal small plates restaurant Lincoln (bacon-infused bourbon!) were great spots in Logan Circle.
|Rooftop pool bar view at Donovan House|
Hoping that I make it back to D.C. before I am schlepping my children there on a Spring Break years from now to help them appreciate our nation's history. :)